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Best and Worst Times to Visit Grenada

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Grenada is sunny most of the year; credit: Grenada Board of Tourism

The best time to visit Grenada is usually March and April when temperatures are warm and the risk of rain is low. But there are other best and worst months to visit.

Grenada’s climate is typical of almost all Caribbean islands—warm all year round. It has some of the most predictable temperatures of any Caribbean island. Temperatures vary little from month to month, even during the winter.

But it also has some of the highest rainfall of any Caribbean island, especially during the peak months of the Caribbean hurricane season.

Grenada sometimes will appear on the itineraries of eastern Caribbean cruises. Cruise planners should know more about what to expect with climate. Let’s look at all of the best and worst times to go.

Coast and Mountain Weather

First, it is important to note that weather in Grenada varies according to altitude. The island has a mountainous topography, making weather conditions vary according to where people are and not necessarily so much what time of year it is.

Around the coastline, the weather is typically hot and humid. Towards the interior of the island, temperatures tend to increase.

Being a mountainous island, it is important to note that regardless of the season, light rains often fall in the mountainous and forested areas of Grenada.

Temperatures

Average daytime temperatures range from the low 80s Fahrenheit in the winter to the high 80s in the summer. Nighttime temperatures range stay in the low 70s Fahrenheit.

Winter isn’t always the best time to visit for beaches because seawater may feel chilly at time. Nighttime temperatures, cool northern currents and a wind chill factor bring water temperatures down. Afternoons are better for swimming than mornings.

Dry and Rainy Seasons

Grenada’s seasons are typically measured by rainfall rather than temperature. They also determine the best and worst times to visit. The dry season falls between February and May, when showers are few and sporadic.

The Grenada rainy season falls between June and December, when conditions are more humid and Grenada experiences some heavy rainfall. This period also tends to see numerous rainstorms accompanied by high winds.

Anyone who visits during these muggy months should go prepared with appropriate gear. It’s another reason why March, April and May are better months to visit.

Grenada Hurricane Season

Like most Caribbean islands, Grenada is at the mercy of hurricanes that find themselves in Caribbean waters. In fact, Grenada lies within the hurricane belt, so the island sometimes has bad weather and tropical storms.

Hurricanes, which are intense tropical storms, rarely hit the island directly. Instead, they pass in the vicinity and bring high winds and heavy rains.

The hurricane season in the Caribbean goes from June to November. Rainfall in Grenada reaches the highest point of the year in October and November. They are the worst months to visit because of the high risk of rain.

While hurricane threats are usually rare, visitors should check their weather advisory before they travel if they are visiting within the season.

Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the America.

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February 09, 2021